Final Jeopardy: Word Origins

The Final Jeopardy question (5/2/2016) in the category “Word Origins” was:

From the Greek for “all views”, this word was 1st used to describe a large 1787 painting of Edinburgh by artist Robert Barker.

The 2-week Teachers Tournament begins today and it’s the very first quarter-final match. Today’s teachers are Chris Tempro, from Allentown, PA; Dianne Lee, from Savannah, GA; and Lauren Gilmore, from Lake Wales, FL.

Round 1 Categories: It’s About Time – Shoes A to Z – Name that Sport – On the Periodic Table – The Hot Seat – Furniture Metaphors

Chris got the Jeopardy! round Daily Double in “On the Periodic Table” under the $1,000 clue. It was the very last pick of the round. He was in the lead with $9,000, $4,600 more than Lauren in second place. He bet $3,000 but did not have a guess so he was WRONG.

Turkish ruins have revealed a “Gate to Hell” termed this, also the name of a periodic table element.  show

Chris finished in the lead with $6,000. Lauren was second with $4,400 and Dianne was last with $200.

Round 2 Categories: Detention In Literature – Produce the Produce – Africana – Song Lyrics – British Prime Ministers – Just “D.M.” Me

Dianne found the first Daily Double in “Detention in Literature” under the $1,600 clue on the 4th pick of the round. In third place with $1,400 now, she had $5,400 less than Chris in the lead. She bet the $2,000 allowance and thought it was Hogwarts. That was WRONG.

Detention here is pretty tough– prisoners are guarded by “Dementors” who feed on your positive emotions. show

Chris found the last Daily Double in “Africana” under the $1,200 clue. There were only 3 clues left after it. He was in the lead with $14,400 now, $4,800 ahead of Lauren in second place. He bet $2,000 and guessed “savannah.” That was WRONG.

This Tanzanian plain is home to the great annual migration of the wildebeest. show

Chris finished in the lead with $12,400. Lauren was next with $9,200 and Dianne was in third place with $2,600.

TWO of the contestants got Final Jeopardy! right.


The Regency Redingote has a good history of how Robert Barker coined the word panorama for the device he developed and patented to display his View of Edinburgh in 1787: “Barker patented his invention in 1787, originally calling it “la nature à coup d’oeil” (“nature at a glance.”)….” A later and larger exhibition was a View of London from the roof of the Albion Mills that opened in June 1791. Barker decided to change the name of his invention at this point and advertised the View of London as a “panorama,” from the Greek words pan meaning “all” and horama meaning “view.”

13 facts about Robert Barker from The Irish Post

Dianne was trying to write down what looked like landscape. She lost her $2,500 bet and finished with $100.

Lauren got it right. Her $1,800 bet brought her up to $11,000.

Chris also got it with “panarama,” an acceptable misspelling. He bet $6,001 and won the first semi-final spot with $18,401.

Final Jeopardy Results from Monday, May 2, 2016

A triple stumper from each round:

SHOES A-Z ($1000) G: This Italian brand is famed for its horsebit loafer

JUST “D.M.” ME ($1,200) – Projection is this type of unconscious process that protects the mind from unacceptable painful ideas.

2 years ago: Coincidentally, the category name of the first semi-final round in the Battle of the Decades was also “Word Origins.” Only Roger Craig got this FJ

This word for a timid person comes from the last name of a character in a 1920s newspaper comic called “the Timid Soul.” show

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16 Responses

  1. Maori says:


    It is Horsebit Loafer not Horsebit Loafter.

  2. rhonda says:

    I was surprised that no one knew Neville Chamberlain and the Munich Agreement, not even the history teacher could come up with it.

  3. VJ says:

    I wonder what Chris thought was so funny about “Achy Breaky Heart” in the song lyrics category. Maybe he likes this part:

    You can tell your mom I moved to Arkansas
    You can tell your dog to bite my leg

    LOL!! Anyway, Lauren was doing better than me. I have heard that Sam Smith song. I just can’t remember why I was listening to it. :):)

    The rest of the triple stumpers are up

  4. TEF says:

    Since WHEN is panarama an “acceptable misspelling?” Makes no sense. What a bag.

    • VJ says:

      Take a look at this post: Jeopardy Spelling Decisions

      • TEF says:

        To think that teachers would not know how to spell currectly…sertanly exemplery of the state of edjukasion.

      • Marilyn Ahrenhoerster says:

        Thanks for the link V.J. It seems a little arbitrary. They accepted Burindi for Burundi. They did not accept Gallopoli for Gallipoli. Don’t they seem like the same kind of errors?

        • VJ says:

          I agree Marilyn, they surely do seem like the same error-wise. I just listened to a bunch of people saying Burundi from different countries on Forvo. LOL. I guess I’ll file that under “Strange things to do at 2 in the morning”

        • TR says:

          That’s…a very interesting website :D

          PanArama was OK, since as far as I can tell the middle O in panorama is a schwa, and every vowel can fit that sound. With pronunciation as the standard (and some generosity with long/short vowels), every one of the examples listed there makes sense…except Burindi. I wonder if that would still be acceptable today?

        • VJ says:

          @TR, yes, that site is a trip but very helpful with foreign words. I guess J! would have to accept Barundi too. That’s sort of how it sounded from me before my visit to Forvo. :)

        • VJ says:

          P.S. Too bad I didn’t think to go to Forvo on that Islands thing last week — they have an entry for sotavento with Spanish & Portuguese contributors and one English speaker contributing a translation and pronunciation of leeward

  5. Richard Corliss says:

    Dianne is out.